Ted Kennedy dies ... and Bluewater announces a biography

In what likely will be viewed as either extremely poor timing or a crass grab for cash, Bluewater Productions yesterday announced its biography of long-ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy mere hours before his death.

The 77-year-old Massachusetts senator was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2008, and lived longer than his doctors expected.

In a statement issued this morning, Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said the biography's announcement "was in no way tied to the Senator's declining health and ultimate passing."

"When Bluewater planned out the first year of biographies, Kennedy's name was always at the top of the list," Davis said. "In fact, this issue has been in production since March and was solicited to retail shops through our national distributor in June. We will, of course, pay final respects to this American icon by adding a page to the completed issue to close the last chapter of his remarkable life."

Set for release in November, the biography is part of the publisher's Political Power series that has showcased such figures as President Obama, Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and President Reagan.

In June, Bluewater announced a "special collector's edition" biography of Michael Jackson just four days after the pop star's death -- a move that drew more than a few negative comments.

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